USC Aiken Swept By Georgia College and State

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Saturday, January 24, 2008.

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College & State snapped USC Aiken’s five-game winning streak with a 69-63 upset victory over the No. 10 Pacers on Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center.

The loss by USC Aiken knocks the Pacers from their perch atop the Peach Belt Conference standings. The Pacers now join a pack of teams with two losses in league play.

USC Aiken is presently 7-2 in PBC play and 12-4 overall. Georgia College & State’s victory improves the Bobcats to 7-2 in the PBC and 13-2 overall.

Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) led the Pacers in the loss, ending the night with 19 points and one block. Commons was 9-for-13 from the field in the game.

Commons was one of three Pacers in double figures in the game with Javonte Clanton (Columbus, Ohio/Blinn College) and Mark Brown (Charlotte, N.C./Hickory Grove Christian) both scoring 10 or more.

Clanton hit three 3-pointers en route to 13 points, while Brown had 10 points. He was a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.

The Bobcats were led in their biggest win of the year by Graham Martin and Shaun Keaton. The duo were the only two to record double-digit outings for GCSU with Martin leading the way with 17 points. Keaton was not far behind with15.

The opening minutes of the second half changed the complexion of the game. USC Aiken was only down by two points at 33-31 at intermission, but the Bobcats rattled off the first eight points of the second half to take a 10-point lead at 41-31.

The Pacers were able to then go on a run of their own to cut the lead to one at 41-40, but the momentum in the game had changed and the Bobcats would never look back from there.

The Pacers would stay close over the rest of the half as they were down by just three at 53-50 with 4:36 left, but they could never get over that proverbial hump as the Bobcats held on for the six-point win.

The Pacers shot 43.4 percent in the game, but the Bobcats shot a little better at 46.3 percent. GCSU’s shooting percentage was buoyed by a 52.4 percent effort in the first half.

WOMEN

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Morgan Johnson picked up her second straight double-double, but it was not enough as No. 19 USC Aiken fell 78-66 to Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia College & State on Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Pacers to 14-5 overall on the 2008-09 season. USC Aiken is now 6-3 in PBC action. GCSU is 11-5 this season overall and 6-3 in the PBC.

Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian College) picked up 15 total points in the game, while also collecting 13 rebounds. She was 5-for-10 from the field overall.

Johnson continued to inch her way closer to obtaining the all-time blocks record in school history on Saturday, finishing her efforts in the loss with a game-high four blocks. She also had three steals and one assist.

The senior forward was one of three Pacers in double figures in the game. Megan Starnes (Riley, Kan./Riley County) scored 17 for USCA in the game, hitting on 50 percent of her shots. Starnes had three 3-pointers in the loss.

Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) was the final Pacer in double figures, concluding the game with 10 points. She also had seven rebounds.

GCSU’s Dominique Huffin guided the Bobcats in their second win in their last three outings against nationally-ranked PBC teas. Huffin had 21 points and eight boards in the contest. She was one of three Bobcats in double digits.

In a game in which the lead changed hands six times and was tied four other times, USCA led for most of the first half. GCSU was able to hit a jumper in the paint in the final seconds of the first stanza nevertheless to take a 38-37 lead into the locker room.

After intermission, the Pacers, who shot 52 percent in the first half, went cold, hitting only 35.2 percent of their shots in the final half.

The story of the second half was free throws though as the Pacers, normally one of the top free throw shooting teams in the country, missed nine of their free throws in the final stanza.


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